|Jacinta being carried to protect her from the crowd.|
It is Spring 2016. One hundred years ago during this season in Portugal (the children could never pinpoint the date) an angel visited three little shepherd children and urged them to pray. He taught them an act of reparation:
MY GOD, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee!
I ask pardon for for those who do not believe,
do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.
The angel, and later Our Blessed Mother, urged the children to sacrifice themselves for sinners and to pray the rosary every day. Was it the prayers of faithful Catholics responding to the Fatima message that exposed the plot against the Vatican? Was the vision given to the children of a bishop in white walking up a hill covered with corpses and being murdered by gunfire and arrows avoided this time by spiritual intervention?
Despite Cardinal Bertone's saying in 2000 that the third secret of Fatima was fully revealed, his claim fails to stand up to scrutiny. In The Fourth Secret of Fatima, Antonio Socci makes a compelling case that the secret was kept in two places. That Lucia described the vision of an attack on the "bishop in white" in her notebook, but wrote the Blessed Mother's words about the vision on a separate single piece of paper in about twenty lines of script. The content of those lines are indicated in Lucia's written words quoting Our Blessed Mother that, "In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc." Clearly, what Our Blessed Mother said was not fully shared because she told the children not to reveal it. And it is that portion of the third secret that remains hidden, the portion indicated by the "etc." inside the quotes.
However, some scholars who actually spoke and corresponded with Sr. Lucia offer studied opinions about the full content of the third secret. Here's one article describing those opinions:
While the precise wording of the Secret remains unknown to the public, the labors of such famous Fatima scholars as Father Joachin Alonso (former official archivist of Fatima) and Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité have nevertheless provided invaluable insights into its meaning and contents. The latter’s monumental 850-page work, The Third Secret is particularly noteworthy in this regard.
In his book, Frère Michel reports that, when questioned about the Secret, Sister Lucy said: "It’s in the Gospel and in the Apocalypse, read them!" He notes that she then particularly indicated Chapters VIII through XIII of the Apocalypse (Chapter XIII specifically concerns the rise of the Antichrist). In his study of the Third Secret, Frère Michel builds a powerful and compelling case that the Third Secret is a grave warning of apostasy within the Catholic Faith and a serious indictment of those in the Church hierarchy who have promoted dissent and outright heresy.
Although Sister Lucy is not permitted to reveal the final Secret of Our Lady until the Holy Father himself deems the moment opportune, nothing has prevented her from giving her opinion on the crisis in the Church as an individual person. In a series of letters written between 1969 and 1972, Sister Lucy reacted vigorously against modernists and others in the Church, in particular those who seek to minimize the importance of the Rosary. "This disorientation is diabolical," she wrote, and "it is sad that so many people let themselves be dominated by the diabolical wave sweeping over the world! And they are blinded to the point where they are incapable of seeing error! Their principal fault is that they have abandoned prayer." The saddest part of all, according to Sister Lucy, is that so many priests, religious and bishops are swept away in the confusion. "The devil has succeeded in bringing in evil (to the Church) under the guise of good and the blind are beginning to lead others, as the Lord tells us in His Gospel."Can anyone refute Sr. Lucia's words? Do we not daily see "priests, religious and bishops" who are "swept away in the confusion"? As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions beginning next May, will we see Our Lady acting directly in our world once again? The messages of Fatima continue to call us to prayer and conversion. And those concerned about the state of the Church would do well to listen to her. Study Fatima. It is the key to peace and we desperately need that peace, both in our Church and in our world.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.